New research shows viruses can effectively turn bacteria into animal-like cells.
What if it wasn’t back to the drawing board every year for a new flu shot?
Flu virus mutates so quickly that one year's vaccine won't work on the next year's common strains. But a new way to create vaccines, called 'rational design,' might pave the way for more lasting solutions.
In us, on us and all around us.
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Long viewed simply as 'germs,' the hidden half of nature turns out to be crucial to the health of people and plants.
Can some people's immune systems defeat Ebola virus before it has a chance to cause disease?
How will the downgrade of Zika’s emergency status affect women like this 23-year-old Vietnamese woman and her baby born with microcephaly?
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The World Health Organisation no longer sees Zika as a health emergency. But what does this downgrade mean for the health of mothers and babies?
The shingles or zoster vaccine (Zostavax) is made from a live but weakened form of the varicella-zoster virus.
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From November 1, the shingles (herpes zoster) vaccine will be available for free to people aged 70 to 79 years. So how and why do you get shingles, and who should be vaccinated?
Do we contain the most elaborate set of instructions?
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The answer – fewer than are in a banana – has implications for the study of human health and raises questions about what generates complexity anyway.
There are three main types of conjunctivitis depending on the cause.
Conjunctivitis is a common condition that often occurs in outbreaks – but what exactly is it?
The science is now used to tackle a range of diseases.
Peter Doherty's Nobel Prize-winning insights proved crucial for understanding how viral infections are controlled.
The outbreak of Zika virus in Brazil had Australian travellers on alert but transmission is only possible in tropical Queensland.
New research shows common local mosquitoes aren’t able to spread Zika. This means Australia is unlikely to see a major outbreak of the disease. But a risk remains in northern Queensland.
Newborn aedes albopictus mosquito.
A virologist gives the low-down on chikungunya.
Next time just work with your body clock.
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Stay away from viruses in the early morning – and in winter.
Hex code from the Blaster worm reveals the potential motivations of the worm’s creator.
How can archivists properly preserve computer programs often written specifically to destroy data?
The thing all five viruses have in common is they can cause mild to very severe liver damage.
Hepatitis A, B, C, D and E are very different viruses. Hepatitis A is genetically closer to the common cold than it is to hepatitis B. Hepatitis C is closer to the virus that causes dengue fever.
GMOs may very well have filled up that syringe.
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Public health experts enlist the molecular biology tools that create genetically modified organisms – as well as the GMOs themselves – in the fight against emerging infectious diseases.
Computer modelling can help in the fight against the spread of disease.
It took a computer to discover the potential threat of a drug-resistant strain of swine flu that was about to spread from New South Wales. So how close did we come to a global pandemic?
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Understanding how the flu virus copies itself could open a way to killing it.
Fumigation to prevent possible spread of the mosquito Aedes Aegypti in Sao Paulo.
The number of new Zika-related microcephaly cases in Brazil is falling. But it's too early to relax.
They might look like an alien species, but these bacteria-eating viruses could be the next big thing in the fight against infectious diseases.
The virus that could cure antibiotic resistant infections.
Virus spreading machines.
When it comes to preventing the spread of germs, how you dry your hands can be just as important as how you wash them.